When Tragedy Strikes 

Greater Portland Staff

Wayne Fortin - Founder

Wayne FortinMr. Wayne Fortin is a mental health professional who has worked in the community mental health field for over 30 years.

In 1985, he founded the trauma Intervention Program (TIP) in San Diego County and in 1995 Mr. Fortin established TIP of Orange County.

Today, Mr. Fortin continues to lead the Trauma Intervention Programs, Inc. and TIP of Orange County.  He oversees 16 regional Chapters which serve over 75 cities, 100 hospitals, 67 police departments, and 55 fire departments.

In April 2000, Mr. Fortin received the 2000 Crime Victim Service Award from Attorney General Janet Reno.  This award is considered the highest federal award for survivor advocates.

Mandy Atkission, CEO

Mandy AtkissionMandy Atkission started her TIP career in 2003 as a TIP volunteer for the Trauma Intervention Program of San Diego County, Inc. In 2005, Mandy became a Crisis Team Manager and in 2007 was promoted to Executive Director of the San Diego TIP affiliate.

In 2011, Mandy and her family fulfilled a long-awaited dream of moving to Western North Carolina. “Leaving San Diego was difficult, but the mountains of North Carolina were calling our name” says Mandy. “Fortunately for me, I was able to stay with TIP as the Chief Development Officer for TIP National. Working with the local WNC emergency response community, along with city and county government, my first goal was to bring a TIP program to my new hometown.” That goal was realized in 2015 when TIP of WNC was launched.

Mandy is now TIP CEO. In that role, Mandy oversees the National Organization, works directly with each of the 14 TIP affiliates, continues to work with cities and counties on expanding the TIP program and does TIP training across the county. She is active on a daily basis in the TIP of WNC affiliate.

Pam Grant, Director TIP of Greater Portland

Pam GrantPam Grant joined TIP of Greater Portland as a volunteer in March of 2022. Pam retired in 2018 from her corporate career at Hannaford Bros. Co., a retail supermarket chain, after 40 years. She held a variety of positions; Budget Analyst, Inventory Analyst, Construction Equipment Coordinator, and Manager of Corporate Services. She has lived in the Greater Portland area most of her life and wanted a meaningful way to give back to her community. She found that in the Trauma Intervention Program of Greater Portland."I have always had a passion for people and wanting to help."

Pam is married, a mother of 2 and a grandmother of 2, with a large extended family. Her happiest times are when they are all together.

I look forward to working with and growing the TIP of Greater Portland volunteer program.

" A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal " - Steve Maraboli